05 October, 2014

♡ Bernie Dexter Clothing ♡

Copyright Bernie and Levi Dexter
Internally renowned vintage designer, pin-up model and highly successful entrepreneur, Bernie Dexter has been the reigning queen of pin-up and cheesecake modeling for over a decade; her face synonymous with the vintage, pin-up, retro  lifestyle and culture. She been featured in countless websites, books, magazines and vintage and rockabilly events either modeling or her designs taking centre stage. With a Facebook following of over 200,0000 fans and counting clearly Bernie Dexter is more popular than ever. Forging an extremely successful design career creating beautiful retro inspired piece; Bernie Dexter makes the transition from successful pin-up to fashion designer effortless- this alone makes it's hard to not want to learn more about this wonderfully talented lady.

Copyright Bernie and Levi Dexter
Having previously modelled for many famous brands such as Bettie Page Clothing (now known as Tatyana)What Katie Did, Collectif Clothing, Miss L Fire, to name a few...Bernie had established herself one of the most well know pin-up models worldwide. The progression to design Bernie Dexter claimed was a lack of finding the perfect retro inspired clothing specifically jeans so what better way to obtain the ideal denim then design your own! Designing a few key retro inspired pieces - capri pants, sweaters, playsuits taking inspiration from her love of vintage clothing and rockabilly culture her designs proved an instant hit! Her now signature denim capri pants have proven so popular they're a consistant sell-out and for a reason - they're some of the best jeans around! (As shown right) What I love most is the flattering form fitting design with an extra high waisted to focus on the narrow part of your waist but also thankfully have lots of stretch - this lady knows how to make a women look good in jeans and casual wear; I consider these jeans a must have item!

Image from fuckyeahrockabilly.com
Married to renowned rockabilly singer Levi Dexter, Bernie has always been heavily immersed within 'vintage'- she and her husband both devoting their lifes to rockabilly music and culture. Long before she began modeling career or became known within the public eye Bernie was styled herself on the pin-ups of the past, sporting 'Bettie Bangs' for decades and dressing, studying the vintage fashion, rockabilly culture and music so it seems a nature progression that she would go on to some form of creative outlet already been so involved within all things vintage. Her designs fun, form-fitting with pin-up influences from the actresses and pin-up models from 40's and 50's but also have a modern egde by the fabric, designs and adding contemporary twists to classic favourites. The dresses within her clothing line being a prime example; the use of bold prints and quirky designs shows she is not afraid to make a statement and step out of purely producing vintage styles. An inspiration for anyone thinking of setting up their own business or who want to create their own line of clothing.

Copyright Bernie and Levi Dexter
I'm a massive fan and look forward to seeing what her new creations are season by season one of my favourite is  valley forest print (below,right) I adore the colour palette - the summer scene demands attention but honestly it's hard to narrow down as there are so many more equally pretty dresses within her collections! Modcloth, What Katie Did, MisKonduct, Deadly is the Female, Miss L Fire and many more well establish stores and retro inspired brands are now also stocking her designs. Her clothing line is definitely one not to be missed, while true to her own rockabilly style, the designs are consistently elegant yet playful with strong influences from the 40's and 50's with a mix of rockabilly, pin-up and contemporary fashion; so you dont have to an avid retro fan to wear her designs just have a love of form fitting, well cut clothing which is why I  love her designs; it's not just retro clothing nor for a size zero model or a vintage girl - her brand is accessible for everyday wear or any occasion. You can purchase any of Bernie Dexter's designs directly from her website at: www.berniedexter.com or from the many stores that now also stock her designs which are also listed on her website. 

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